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THE BIG DRAW Launch
Community Mural Project 2009
Community Mural Project 2008

THE BIG DRAW Schedule
October 1 - October 31 2009
Calendar of Events

THE BIG DRAW-IN
October 10th 2009

The BIG DRAW Visiting Artists

2009 Guest Artists

WEEK ONE – October 3 - 9

MARY GRANDPRE’ is the critically acclaimed illustrator of the Harry Potter series—as well as eight award winning picture books.  In addition to book illustration, her work spans editorial, corporate, magazine and animated film, with clients such as Atlantic Monthly Magazine, Random House, Berkley, Penquin, Dell & McGraw Hill publishers. She was featured on the cover of Time Magazine for her work with the Harry Potter Series and also worked as a visionary in the environment & scenery development in the Dreamworks animated film Antz.  Educated at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design she is the recipient of numerous awards including those from Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, & Graphis. Articles on her pastel paintings have appeared in Step-by-Step Graphics and Communication Arts Magazine. Her illustrations were featured in a solo exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in 2008. www.marygrandpre.com

PATRICK LINDHARDT has a diverse career as an Artist/ Printmaker, Educator, and Printer for major international artists. He received his BFA Degree from St. Cloud College in Minnesota, and his MFA Degree from USF, Tampa.  He has been on the Fine Arts Faculty of the Ringling School of Art and Design since 1989. He has exhibited his prints and artist books widely, and is currently represented by the Emerson Gallery of St. Petersburg.   Patrick owns and directs the Flatstone Press in Sarasota, and has done extensive work with GraphicStudio of USF, Gemini Press of LosAngeles, and James Rosenquist in both Aripeka, Florida and New York City.
NEVERNE COVINGTON is an artist whose work has always grown out of drawing.  Her drawings, paintings, and prints explore narrative themes, expressive images, the use of color in drawing, and the development of very large-scale images and portraits.   Educated at USF, Eckerd College and in London, she has been the recipient of a number of Artist’s Grants and Residencies.   Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the region including recent exhibitions at Emerson Gallery in St Petersburg and the International Print & Drawing Competition at University of Miami. 

WEEK 2 –  October 10 – 16

SARAH PEATTIE is a puppet artist and puppeteer living and working in Boston. She was a member of the touring troupe Bread & Puppet Theatre, and has been a puppet designer, builder and community performer for 30 years. She is part of Puppeteers' Cooperative, a group of artists and puppeteers working in cities around the nation to create giant puppet parades, pageants, and ceremonies of celebration and complaint, using simple materials and movements to build community extravaganzas.  They create massive community pageants  for such events as the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York, First Night Boston , First Night International (and First Night and other major event celebrations around the country).
SHERYL HALER is an artist, designer, author, and the Coordinator of Sequential Design at Ringling College of Art and Design.  Sheryl’s preferred media is cloth and her work is in both private and public collections. Nature, myth, and nurturing are the major themes of her work, with the focus of the art being the essence of a memory; of a place, of an experience, its strength, its beauty, its spirit, its forgiveness, its resurgence and that sense of being engulfed and embraced in the moment.  
http://webspace.ringling.edu/~shaler/

ROBERT FARBER’s recent work is derived from the surrounding landscape of Delaware and Marion County, Ohio He attempts to communicate the artist’s source of inspiration and fascination with the discovery and exploration of a “new” environment.  His works have been exhibited in regional and national exhibitions including solo exhibitions at Florida Atlantic University, Tampa Museum of Art, Ohio State University & Barbara Brogdon Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.  His work is collected in public and private collections. Farber received a BFA in painting and art history from Ohio University and an MFA in drawing and printmaking from Western Michigan University.  He has been a professor of art at Ringling College of Art & Design since 1990.    http://webspace.ringling.edu/~rfarber   Current Exhibition        

DOLORES COE is an artist working with –and across--diverse media and photographic processes in her oil and mixed media paintings. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida. Her work has been widely exhibited in both regional and national solo & group exhibitions, including exhibitions at Tampa Museum of Art, CAM Contemporary Art Museum, Atlantic Center for the Arts, North Miami Museum, and the Riksacadame, Amsterdam—and is collected in a number of museum, public & private collections.  Her work was recently featured in the 2009 Saw Palm - Journal of Art, Literature, Photography.  She was on the Faculty of the Ringling College of Art and Design from 1991 until 2005.
www.dolorescoe.com

WEEK 3 –  October 17 - 23

KIRK KE WANG , Professor of Visual Arts at Eckerd College, is a painter, sculptor and designer. He was born in Shanghai, China. He completed his BFA and MFA studies in Nanjing Normal University and was appointed as an assistant professor at the Nanjing Normal University at age 20.  In 1984, Kirk won the bronze medal for the “6th National Competition of the Best Artists of China”.  He moved to the US in 1986 to complete his second MFA from USF. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his works have been collected by museums, galleries and private collectors in the US and Asia. He is the recipient of a number of grants from major organizations.  He recently curated an international exhibition at the Nanjing Museum of China. www.kirkkewang.com

EDGAR SANCHEZ CUMBAS is an artist whose paintings draw upon the observation skills he early developed to adapt to his constantly changing childhood surroundings, his memory of those visually rich urban environments and an exploration of his own internal landscape. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in seven East Coast cities in the US, he received his BFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. His paintings and collaborative projects have been included in solo & group exhibitions throughout the region including exhibitions at Tampa Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Museum, and Bleau Acier Gallery.  His work is collected in public & private collections.
 www.edgarsanchezcumbas.com
CLAUDIA CUMBIE-JONES is on faculty in the CORE Studio Program at Ringling College of Art and Design. She has an MFA in Art and Technology from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in Educational Media from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BFA in Theatre from Birmingham-Southern College. She was formerly the animation program coordinator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions include Cosmix, SIGGRAPH, State of Illinois Gallery, and Dot Pixel Image/The Electronic Design Association.
JOSETTE URSO received her MFA/Painting from the University of South Florida and currently works in New York City. Urso has had numerous grants and residencies, including, Yaddo in 2009 and a second Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and residency at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, both in 2008.  She traveled to Taiwan for a residency at STOCK20 in 2006 and to Cambodia with the AIEP American Artist’s Abroad program in 2004.  Other awards include those from the NEA and Art Matters, and she was a participant in the Bronx Museum for the Arts AIM program.  In New York City, she has shown at the Drawing Center, DFN Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, lyonswier Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary, Kerrigan Campbell art+projects, and Sears-Peyton Gallery and, in Chicago, at the gescheidle Gallery
www.josetteurso.com She is the 2009 Community Mural Artist-In-Residence, Ruskin FL
DEE HOOD is an artist working across media---in painting, sculpture, experimental video, artist’s books and installation.   She received her MFA from the University of South Florida.  Dee has been featured in numerous solo and group shows in the Tampa-bay area and has been selected for many juried exhibitions nationally.  Her most recent videos have been exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, North Miami Museum and the Nanjing Museum in China.  An interview with her for the online digital arts magazine ADMAG is featured September 09.  She is on the faculty at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL. www.ringling.edu/~dhood 
MARJORIE GREENE is an associate professor in Fine Arts at St. Petersburg College, with a Bachelors Degree in Printmaking from Philadelphia College of Art and a Master's Degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.  She attended the well-known Drawing Marathon program at the New York Studio School and has taught similar marathon based mini-workshops including last year’s drawing marathon at the St. Petersburg Art Center.  Her work has been exhibited at Leepa Ratner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs and the Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach FL in 2009.  Drawing Marathon Info: greene.Marjorie@spcollege.eduwww.spcollege.edu

WEEK 4 -  October 24 – 30 

MARIA EMILIA has a distinguished history as an exhibiting artist, arts writer, and educator. She has taught drawing at the University of South Florida and Ringling School of Art and Design.  Ms Emilia is the recipient of several grants and awards including Art Matters NY. Her work can be found in several publications, private and public collections such as the National Museum of American Art, Florida International University and the Polk Museum of Art.  She is a University of South Florida alumnus with Bachelor degrees in both the Fine Arts and the Social Sciences and a Masters degree in Fine Arts. Her drawings were recently included in the 2008 Tampa Museum of Art Drawing off the Wall exhibition. 

BRUCE MARSH is a Professor Emeritus with University of South Florida, having taught in the School of Art and Art History from 1968 – 2003. He taught a variety of courses, from painting and drawing to electronic media.   His landscape oils and mixed imagery paintings focus on issues of perception and visual experience of the world. They have been widely exhibited in regional and national exhibitions and are represented in several major museum and many public and private collections throughout the US.   A major part of his work has been creating site-specific works for public spaces, both for corporate and government clients.  He has just installed an 8’ x40”  wall installation piece for the new City of Tampa Riverwalk  project entrance--to be dedicated Fall 2009.  http://brucemarsh.net
LANCE FORD JONES is on faculty in the CORE Studio Program at Ringling College of Art and Design. He has an MFA in Electronic Media from the University of South Florida and a BFA in Art and Technology from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions and awards include Cosmix, the National Clio Award for "Best Television/Cinema Interactive", the SIGGRAPH International Art Show, and U.S. Patent 4,951,030 for Electronic Design. Lance has twenty-five years of experience in computer/video programming for business, science and art.
CHRISTOPHER WEEKS received his BA in Photography from University of South Florida and his MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Now Mexico State University in 1996.  He joined the full time faculty of Hillsborough Community College in 2007. His artwork deals with sardonic socio-political observations of the world around us presented in a neo-pop, graphic, comic style and has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions across the country, including venues in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Albuquerque, San Diego and Tampa.  He was awarded New Mexico State Art Research Grants in 1994 and 1995 and a Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant in 2007.  
http://starving-artist-productions.com; http://www.hccfl.edu/faculty-info/cweeks.aspx

CORY WRIGHT is a professional muralist and fine art painter living in Apollo Beach. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and spent a year studying in Rome, Italy where she honed her skills for mural painting, as well as for the art of trompe l’oeil. In 1999 Cory participated as a “madonnari” (the 16th century Italian term for artists who commonly depicted images of the Madonna in chalk on the pavement) in her first street painting festival and quickly developed a love for the impermanent art form. In 2004 she was the Featured Artist at the Kansas City La Strada del’Art Street Painting Festival.

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ARIEL BARON-ROBBINS is an emerging artist currently living in Tampa, Florida where she is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts. In her career as an artist she has had five solo exhibitions and has been involved in numerous group exhibitions.  She is currently represented by the Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS.  Originally from Oxford, Mississippi, where she received her BFA in painting/drawing, she has traveled to eight countries not including the United States.  She has participated in Study Abroad programs in Italy, England, and France and lives in London and New York City during the summers.  www.ArielBaron-Robbins.com

MARGIT REDLAWSK has been teaching art to South Shore students for 15 years--first at Summerfield Elementary and now at Apollo Beach Elementary. The new school year will also bring her to Wimauma Elementary. She feels strongly about bringing art to all children and believes that using their natural creativity is an integral part of making the most of all their learning experiences. Her main objective is to encourage children to develop a love and appreciation for the arts through art instruction. She continues to create her own original watercolor paintings and has commissions throughout the state of Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Tennessee. She also offers individual art lessons to children. 813.641.2547 or mredlawsk@tampabay.rr.com

LAURIE BURHOP is a Fiber Artist who works with an emphasis on weaving. She has worked with Spacial Design Companies in Chicago, Illinois creating woven installations for major Corporate displays and residential collections.  She is represented at The Artisan Gallery in Wilmette, Illinois, Mindscape Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, Maple Grove Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin and South Shore Gallery in Apollo Beach, Florida. She received her BA in Arts Education from Southern Illinois University and was an Art Teacher for twenty years at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School and Evanston Township High School both located in Evanston, Illinois.  She received two Illinois Art Grants for major permanent installations; a Felted Mural and a Mosaic Mural.
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